hor·​rif·​ic | \ hȯ-ˈri-fik, hä-\

Definition of horrific

: having the power to horrify a horrific account of the tragedy

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Other Words from horrific

horrifically \ hȯ-​ˈri-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē , hä-​ \ adverb

Examples of horrific in a Sentence

horrific images of torture that shocked the conscience of the world

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But there are definitely a lot of women out there who think this process is horrific. Fox News, "Coons: Kavanaugh hearing should be paused for investigation," 27 Sep. 2018 This season of The Terror uses as its setting one of the darkest, most horrific moments in our nation’s history. Laura Bradley, HWD, "The Terror Season 2 Could Be One of 2019’s Most Important Shows," 22 June 2018 After a horrific Mediterranean crossing, her port in the storm is Lyon, where her violent brother's friend Imed (Salim Kechiouche) works as a bartender. Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, "History repeats itself over and over again at the African Diaspora Film Festival," 8 June 2018 The flooding in Laurel comes eight days after Ellicott City faced a horrific flood, the second one in just two years. Jess Nocera, Laurel Leader, "Heavy rains cause "complete washout" of Route 198 Bridge," 4 June 2018 Why doesn’t the media weigh similar concerns on reporting horrific crimes like shootings? Courtney Lund O’neil, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Serial Killer, a Receipt, and My Mom: Haunted by the Murder of 33 Boys," 31 Oct. 2018 While these provisions are horrific, this rule is not a foregone conclusion. Jess Davidson, Glamour, "Why Does the Department of Education Want to Put Sexual Assault Survivors on Trial?," 28 Nov. 2018 The situation is horrific, and yet these camps are growing massively. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Is It Ever Okay to Ride Elephants While on Vacation? It’s Complicated...," 18 Oct. 2018 That was the moment a 4-year-old boy fell in love with Evel Knievel, the famous stunt performer who inspired a generation of kids with his daredevil jumps and horrific crashes throughout the late 1960’s and well into the 1970’s. Shaun Goodwin, kansascity, "How the heck did an Evel Knievel museum wind up in northeast Kansas?," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of horrific

1653, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of horrific

: causing horror or shock

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